There were 1,653 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 398 from the week before. Altogether 12,253 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 303 from a week ago and 1,636 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,008 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 4 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 861 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 5 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external) Vermont’s unemployment rate continued to fall. The March 2011 rate was 5.4 percent. See storyHERE.
PORTLAND, Maine–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Five Vermont schools are among the recipients of donations made by a regional auto dealership. Berlin City Auto Group, a family of dealerships founded in 1980 in New England, and its Drive for Education foundation, a forward-thinking program created by the employees of Berlin City Auto Group, announce the award recipients in its Drive for Education program. Donating $60,000 to 18 K-12 schools spanning across New England, Berlin City Auto Group has met its annual goal of awarding more than $100,000 to local schools. Beginning today, recipient schools will be honored with a check presentation at a Berlin City Auto Group dealership in Maine, Vermont or New Hampshire, Dec. 19-21.‘We believe in giving back to the community and helping our local schools succeed in education.’To be considered for the program, a school official had to submit a short essay to Berlin City Auto Group by Nov. 30, 2011 explaining how their school would use a donation of up to $3,500. Berlin City’s Brand Ambassadors, a group of employees that lead the dealerships’ community involvement campaigns, evaluated the needs of each school and selected the winners accordingly.‘We’re thrilled to have met our goal of $100,000 in donations to New England schools this year,’ said Yegor Malinovskii, vice president at Berlin City Auto Group. ‘We believe in giving back to the community and helping our local schools succeed in education.’Berlin City Auto Group will hold check ceremonies on Monday, Dec. 19 in Maine; Tuesday, Dec. 20 in New Hampshire; and Wednesday, Dec. 21 in Vermont, honoring the winning schools. Awarded schools include:Mackworth Island’Windham/Raymond, MaineLongfellow Elementary School’Portland, MaineCostal Ridge Elementary School’York, MaineMassabesic Middle School’Waterboro, MaineOxford-Cumberland Canal’Westbrook, MaineGreat Falls Elementary’Gorham, MaineCharles A. Snow School’Fryeburg, MaineDurham Community School’Durham, MaineLancaster Elementary’Lancaster, N.H.Milan Village School’Milan, N.H.White Mountains Regional High School’Whitefield, N.H.Gorham Middle/High School’Gorham, N.H.Kennett High School’North Conway, N.H.Colchester Middle School’Colchester, Vt.Mt. St. Joseph Academy’Rutland, Vt.Malletts Bay School’Colchester, Vt.Folsom School’North Hero, Vt.Thetford Academy’Thetford, Vt.From each vehicle sold at its six dealerships throughout New England, Berlin City gives a portion of sales to the Drive for Education program. This year alone, the Drive for Education Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 to New England schools with the first donation of $40,000 made in June of 2011 to twelve recipient schools.For more information about Berlin City Auto Group’s Drive for Education Foundation, visit: http://www.berlincity.com/driveforeducation.htm(link is external)About Berlin City Auto GroupBerlin City Auto Group consists of six dealerships in New England, located in Gorham, N.H., Burlington, Vt. and Portland and S. Portland, Maine. The company sells Toyota, Scion, Lexus, Nissan, Honda, Chevy, GMC, Buick, Ford, Lincoln, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Kia. Berlin City offers a 4-day/200 mile no questions asked return policy and the lowest, most competitive 4-day/200 mile price guarantee, door-to-door delivery service throughout New England and pre-owned protection on Berlin City certified pre-owned vehicles within 60 days or the first 2,000 miles. If it breaks, we’ll fix it. For more information or a list of locations, please visit www.berlincity.com(link is external). You can also find Berlin City on Facebook and Twitter.